A WOMAN whose three pet labradors died when they were left in a sweltering hot car has been cleared of all felony charges.
Anne Garnett, 65, left the dogs in her vehicle for nearly two hours, while temperatures outside soared to reach 34C (93F).
Anne Garnett left the dogs in her vehicle for nearly two hours, while temperatures outside reached 34C (93F)[/caption]
Individuals rushed to Garnett’s Subara (top) in a dramatic attempt to save the dogs[/caption]
Detectives said the windows of the car were rolled up and the vehicle was running, but the air conditioning wasn’t working and no water was available for the trapped dogs.
Officers at McQuade’s Market in Jamestown, Rhode Island, attempted to revive the dogs before they were taken to an animal hospital and pronounced dead.
The three dogs were a 4-year-old black lab, a 7-month-old black lab, and a 4-year-old keeshond mix.
Based on surveillance footage, detectives said that the dogs had been in the 2011 Subaru for one hour and 43 minutes.
Court documents from September 26 show the Attorney General reviewed reports of the July 21 incident and concluded no information would be signed – meaning the felony charges would be dismissed.
FELONY CHARGES DISMISSED
A reason was not given by Attorney General Peter Neronha for why the charges were dropped, but a public information official for the office, Kristy dosReis, pointed to state laws.
She told reporters that when an animal is harmed, state law allows for both felony and misdemeanor charges – though felony charges require evidence of intentional or reckless misconduct.
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The evidence presented did not demonstrate Garnett intended to intentionally harm the dogs, dosReis said, and 65-year-old has no history of mistreating animals.
Garnett could still be charged with a misdemeanor – thought that is within the jurisdiction of a local solicitor.
During the trial, local animal advocacy groups had appeared in court to stand by Garnett, who is a pet foster parent.
The July incident took place at McQuade’s Market in Jamestown, Rhode Island[/caption]
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